Join the CBA for a family fun-filled finale to this year's amazing Festival of Archaeology at the National Trust's Hardwick Hall, celebrating archaeology & community through hands-on and awe-inspiring activities for all!

In addition to actual test pits that visitors can have a go at excavating, there will be re-enactors retelling the life of Bess of Hardwick, hands-on weaving and quill & ink-writing activities, loom weaving, family-friendly joust training for the youngsters and a wandering minstrel playing all the greatest hits of the 1590's! 

 

All Day Activities
  • Heritage Marketplace Stalls 
  • CBA & YAC Stalls 
  • Tudor Jousting 
  • Anna ‘the servant’ - Spinning wool, distaff spinning, blackwork embroidery 
  • Timoth Pusey, Secretary to Bess of Hardwick – Have-a-go Secretary-hand writing with quill and ink 
  • Wandering Minstrel 
  • ‘Slightly Warped’ - Loom weaving demos/Hava-a-go  
  • Sculpture Tours 
  • Stone Masons & Heritage Roofers and Clumber Joiners 
Scheduled Activities

10:30am - Welcome to Hardwick 

10:30 – 12:30pm - Test-Pitting

11:00 – 11:30am - ‘The Life of Bess of Hardwick’, as told by Timothy Pusey

11:30 – 12:00pm - Medieval Minstrel performance 

12:30 – 13:00 - ‘The Life of Bess of Hardwick’, as told by Timothy Pusey

13:00 – 13:30 - Medieval Minstrel performance 

13:30 – 15:00 - Discover Hardwick Tour

13:30 – 15:30 - Test-Pitting  

14:30 – 15:00 - Medieval Minstrel performance 

15:00 – 15:30 - ‘The Life of Bess of Hardwick’, as told by Timothy Pusey

16:00 - Closing 

Images ©National Trust Images/John Millar